The long standing spooky traditions of Hallow's eve may be falling out of favour with the big kids, but, as far as babies are concerned, it's our favourite time of the year. You can't move on the internet for little guys and girls in adorable costumes, and we'd love to see our readers and customers take full advantage of this year's frightfest.
However, it's important to remember that the idea of Halloween is to dress up as something scary, not to be scared of dressing up. Everyone wants their baby to be both cute and comfortable in their little costume, particularly if choosing one of the more expensive getups, so that they will begin to look forward to it as the years move on.
In regards to fabric, you want an outfit that's neither itchy nor abrasive to baby soft skin, nor add-ons or appliqué that'll feel rough. Fleece, cotton and velour are always a safe bet, but rather than plonking a disguise on your darling on the day, try it on them as soon as possible beforehand and see how they like it.
Aside from also ensuring a costume is fire safe, whether the two of you are joining an older sibling out trick'or'treating, showing off your scary garb at a get-together or just enjoying an evening at home watching scare-less movies, ensure what they're wearing will be at the adequate temperature. Most infants can't regulate body temperature until they're about six months old, and whilst a lot of costumes come with bunting to help them keep them warm, having removable layers to cool down the costume is also a good idea.
Adapting a costume for adults, teenagers or children into a version baby-friendly requires numerous subtractions, and the one that absolutely must go is the mask. Not only will they just find it an annoyance, having an item made of rubber, plastic etc. so close to their face is hardly a good idea. Furthermore, why would you want to obscure their joyous smile when they're at their most adorable?!
Last but not least (not by a longshot), is ensuring your costume, whether bought or handmade, has absolutely no choking hazards. There's plenty of popular designs that feature dangling objects, hanging pieces of fabric, buttons/sequins, zips and velcro that will be a target for a baby's mouth, particularly if they're teething. In general, just make sure everything fits well, is secure and leave nothing up to chance.
As always with baby safety, the aim is never to scare, regardless of what spooky holiday you may be talking about. We hope that you don't let this amazing opportunity for lovely baby photos pass you by, and that if you take some snaps of your little one dressed up as a cowboy/girl, wild animal, superhero, super heroine or enchanted creature, you share them with us over at facebook, twitter and google+. Have a spooktacular October!